Vivien Stern, Baroness Stern
Vivien Helen Stern, Baroness Stern CBE (born 25 September 1941).
In 1970 she became a lecturer in education, and in 1977 became the director of NACRO, a post she held until 1996. She was a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, from 1984 to 1991, and was Secretary General of Penal Reform International from 1989 until 2006. In 1997 she was appointed a Senior Research Fellow of London University, based at the International Centre for Prison Studies in King's College London.
She was awarded a CBE in 1992 and was raised to the peerage as Baroness Stern of Vauxhall in the London Borough of Lambeth in 1999. She has been a member of several parliamentary committees and is currently a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments. She lists her political interests as criminal justice, foreign affairs, human rights, international development, penal reform, and prisons, and has written several books, including Creating Criminals: prisons and people in a market society; Bricks of Shame: Britain's prisons; Failures in Penal Policy; Imprisoned by Our Prisons: a programme for reform (Fabian Series); The Prisons We Deserve and A Sin Against the Future: imprisonment in the world.
She has honorary doctorates from Bristol University, Oxford Brookes University, the University of Stirling and the University of Edinburgh and is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics. She is married to Professor Andrew Coyle.
Review of rape laws
In 2009 Stern was invited by the UK Government to conduct a review of UK rape laws. Her subsequent report The Stern Review  has attracted significant approval.
- Announcement of her introduction at the House of Lords House of Lords minutes of proceedings, 13 July 1999
- Baroness Stern is patron for the charity Venture Trust (http://www.venturetrust.org.uk)